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  • 1/4 cup salt (plus 2 tablespoons)
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup dried cherries
  • 1/3 cup good-quality balsamic vinegar
  • 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons brandy

Chicken Breasts with Brandied Cherry-Chocolate Sauce

Joyce Slaton | Delicious Living
  • Serves: 4 people
  • Calories per serving: 384

Wow your sweetie by making this decadent dinner for Valentine's Day. Brining the breasts before cooking helps the chicken retain moisture.

  1. Mix salt into water in a large bowl or zip-top plastic bag until dissolved. Add chicken and allow to brine for 30 minutes in the refrigerator. Remove breasts from brine, rinse with water, and pat dry with paper towels.
  2. Preheat oven to 200°. Pour flour onto a plate or pie pan and roll each breast in flour, patting gently to lightly coat.
  3. Heat butter and oil over medium-high heat in a heavy 12-inch skillet. Swirl to mix, and cook until butter begins to color. Lay breasts in pan and cook, undisturbed, until brown, about 5 minutes. Turn chicken pieces over and cook on second side, undisturbed, until juices begin to clot around pieces, 5–7 minutes. Remove chicken and keep warm in the oven while making sauce.
  4. Add chicken broth to skillet, scraping to release any brown bits. Boil until reduced to 1 cup, 8–10 minutes. Add cherries and vinegar; boil until spoon scraped across pan bottom leaves a visible path in sauce, 8–10 minutes. Stir in chocolate and add brandy. Spoon over chicken breasts and serve.

PER SERVING: 384 cal, 40% fat cal, 16g fat, 7g sat fat, 85mg chol, 31g protein, 24g carb, 2g fiber, 499mg sodium

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